In his role as SVP and Chief Strategy Officer, Hilton Romanski is responsible for driving Cisco’s growth strategy through acquisitions, strategic partnerships, investments, co-development, and innovation.
Since joining Cisco in 2000, Hilton has led nearly $30 billion in acquisitions across over 60 deals and was the driving force behind many of the innovative financial structures and moves now represented in Cisco’s technology portfolio. Hilton led Cisco’s $2.7 billion acquisition of publicly-traded Sourcefire and $1.2 billion acquisition of Meraki, two of the most successful platform acquisitions in Cisco’s history. He also architected Cisco’s divestiture of its Consumer Business (Linksys) as well as the sale of its Cable Device Business.
More recently, Hilton led Cisco’s $3.7 billion acquisition of AppDynamics, a leader in the Business Intelligence and Analytics market. He also structured Cisco’s strategic partnership with Apple as well as launched Cisco’s joint venture in China with domestic technology provider, Inspur. He manages Cisco’s more than $2 billion venture capital investment portfolio with a focus on delivering financial return, fostering innovation and leading market transitions. In the early and mid-2000s, Hilton also spearheaded Cisco’s investment entry into emerging markets, including China, Eastern Europe, India, Latin America, and Russia.
Prior to joining Cisco, Hilton held several leadership roles at J.P. Morgan, including cofounding the firm’s West Coast telecom practice. He was an investment banker in J.P. Morgan’s Technology, Media and Telecom group and, prior to this, served as a merger and acquisition specialist in the company’s New York headquarters.
Hilton serves on Cisco’s Executive Leadership Team and is Chairman of Cisco’s China Board. Outside of Cisco, Hilton is a member of the board of directors for Technicolor, a worldwide technology leader in the media and entertainment sector.
Hilton earned a master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University.